NGO Jobs in Kenya – CIMMYT


Sorghum and Millet,

Eastern and Southern Africa

Closing
date: December 8, 2021

Plant Breeder – Sorghum and Millet, Eastern and Southern Africa

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) as a member
of CGIAR, and pursuing its mission to apply science to sustainably increase
crop production and improve livelihoods, is establishing a breeding program for
sorghum and pearl millet for Eastern and Southern Africa.

This program will be
designed and implemented in close association with national programs and other
partners.

The overall objective of this position is to enable truly collaborative
CGIAR-NARS breeding programs that accelerate the rate of genetic gain and
increase the varietal turnover rate of sorghum and millet in the target region.
The scientist will work with NARS, CGIAR initiatives, such as Excellence in
Breeding (EiB), and other stakeholders to develop modern and effective
breeding, and variety and hybrid deployment strategies. The successful
candidate must be committed to developing and enabling CGIAR-NARS coordinated
breeding networks, which will include other value chain partners and
collaborators. This position will report to the Breeding Pipeline Modernization
Expert.

The duty post will be Nairobi, or a mutually agreed location within the
target region.

Specific duties:

· Establish and lead the breeding activities for the CGIAR component of the
CGIAR-NARS networks.

· Design and implement an effective breeding strategy to develop elite
breeding material, and a product advancement process to identify candidate new
varieties for targeted market segments and product profiles.

o With NARS and selected other partners, identify, obtain, and develop
appropriate germplasm to sustain breeding programs.

o In association with multidisciplinary network scientist & staff, EiB,
and partners, develop modern population improvement and testing strategies.

o Co-ordinate the development of a stage-wise multi-environment product
performance testing strategy, data analysis and advancement process, which is
aligned with crop market segments, TPEs or agroecologies.

o Ensure cost effective breeding operations, and standard operating
procedures that deliver agreed quality and performance indicators.

· Develop strong partnerships with national public breeding programs to
collaboratively identify critical germplasm, product needs and define complementary
breeding objectives.

· Enable and actively support the regional crop network to collaboratively
plan and implement breeding activities that balance the development of
individual and shared network germplasm products, and builds capacity to share
knowledge, best practices, training, etc.

· Support and contribute to product profile development and seed system
activities in the region.

· Contribute to or lead the development of research proposals and other
fundraising activities.

· Lead or contribute to publication of research results in international,
refereed journals.

Required academic qualifications, skills and attitudes:

· PhD in Plant Breeding/ Genetics/ Quantitative genetics.

· Minimum of 5 years of public or private sector demonstrated successful experience
as a sorghum and/or pearl millet breeder.

· Experience applying quantitative genetics principles, genomics, and
latest breeding technologies is desired.

· Experience working in Eastern and/or Southern Africa will be considered
favorably.

· Strong networking and facilitating skills, with focus on enabling and
empowering others to succeed.

· Demonstrated ability to work in multicultural and diverse environments.

· Successful experience and commitment to inclusive research design and
implementation.

· Other requirements:

o Fluency in verbal and written English is essential.

o Must be willing to travel frequently both internationally and
domestically.

o Experience of managing staff and budgets.

· The selected candidate must exhibit the following competencies: Problem
Solving and Decision Making, Critical Thinking, Client Orientation,
Communication and Team Leadership.

The position is for an initial fixed-term for three (3) years, after which
further employment is subject to performance and the continued availability of
funds. CIMMYT’s internationally competitive salary and benefits include housing
allowance, car, comprehensive health and life insurance, assistance for
children’s education, paid vacation, annual airfare, contribution to a
retirement plan, and generous assistance with relocation shipment.

How to Apply

Candidates must apply here for IRS21144_Plant Breeder – Sorghum and
Millet, Eastern and Southern Africa
. Screening and follow up of
applications will begin on Wednesday,
December 8th, 2021
. Applications must include a CV and a cover
letter. Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration. For
further information on the selection process, please contact Yessica Castillo,
at 
y.castillo@cgiar.org

 

Closing
date: December 17, 2021

Market and Value Chain Specialist (Scientist)

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, known by its Spanish
acronym, CIMMYT®, is a not-for-profit agricultural research for development
organization with partners in over 100 countries. Please refer to our website
for more information: 
www.cimmyt.org

CIMMYT is seeking a dynamic and results-oriented Market and Value Chain
Specialist, with a strong interest in the agri-input sector, market
intelligence and understanding farmer demand. The position focuses on
agri-market and business research and development in support of a portfolio of
projects, with special attention to maize agri-food and seed systems. The position
contributes to and draws on the experiences of a large multi-disciplinary
international research team, including the team associated with Accelerating
Genetic Gains in Maize and Wheat (AGG) which focuses on developing and
deploying improved and stress tolerant maize and wheat cultivars for
Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

The selected candidate will work as a member of CIMMYT’s Integrated
Development Program (IDP) in close collaboration with all other relevant CIMMYT
programs and units.

The position will be based in CIMMYT’s campus in Nairobi, Kenya.

Specific duties:

· Provide leadership in the design and implementation of a strategic
research-for-development (R4D) agenda around private sector engagement in
formal seed systems, to include challenges related to seed marketing and seed
business development in Eastern Africa

· Engage in the design and implementation of research in the context of
one-CGIAR initiatives related to value chains, seed systems, market
intelligence, and others

· Translate findings into practical R4D priorities and implications,
including the development of strategies, options and recommendations to set
research priorities, guide policy decisions, facilitate adoption and
adaptation, stimulate scaling up and out and enhance social inclusiveness
Engage with external partners (NGOs, NARES, private sector) and CIMMYT team
members in Eastern Africa, Southern Asia, and Latin America for the design and
implementation of innovative research

· Publish research findings in international peer-reviewed journals and
contribute to dissemination of results to stakeholders via workshops and
webinars

· Demonstrate leadership in efforts to mobilize resources for the expansion
of work by CIMMYT in areas related to seed systems, value chains, and SME
development

Required academic qualifications, skills and attitudes:

· Ph.D. in agribusiness, market/value chain research or a related field

· Track record of quality publications in recognized economic development
journals

· Active interest and preferably experience in the seed sector and/or seed
business research and development

· Preferably at least five years of relevant experience

· Familiarity with the agricultural development and technology delivery
issues

· Demonstrated ability to excel in complex, multidisciplinary research or
development projects

· Good partnership building skills, including ability to interact with
funding agencies; deliver effectively; and moderate meetings with local
partners

· Experience with applied research related to public-private partnerships
and business models would be an added advantage

· A high degree of personal organization and ability to work under pressure

· Ability to work with different nationalities and disciplines, as a member
of a diverse work team

· Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, with
established publication record in international peer-reviewed journals

· The selected candidate must exhibit the following competencies:
Achievement Orientation, Problem Solving, Decision-making, Negotiation and Conflict
Resolution and Teamwork

The position is for an initial fixed-term for three (3) years, after which
further employment is subject to performance and the continued availability of
funds. CIMMYT’s internationally competitive salary and benefits include housing
allowance, car, comprehensive health and life insurance, assistance for
children’s education, paid vacation, annual airfare, contribution to a
retirement plan, and generous assistance with relocation shipment.

How to Apply

Candidates must apply here: https://cimmytrecruitment.wufoo.com/forms/irs21137_market-and-value-chain-specialist-sci/ for IRS21137_Market and Value Chain
Specialist (Scientist)
. Screening and follow up of applications
will begin on Friday,
December 17th, 2021
. Applications must include a CV and a cover
letter. Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration. For
further information on the selection process, please contact Yessica Castillo,
at
 y.castillo@cgiar.org

Please note that only
short-listed candidates will be contacted.

This position will
remain open until filled.

CIMMYT is an equal
opportunity employer. It fosters a multicultural work environment that values
gender equality, teamwork, and respect for diversity. Women are encouraged to
apply.


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